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Exxon goes ahead with $15bn Russian LNG project despite sanctions - report

4 May, 2018 - 10:32

Preview ExxonMobil is reportedly proceeding with a $15-billion liquified natural gas (LNG) project with Russian oil giant Rosneft, despite having been forced to withdraw from some collaborative undertakings due to anti-Russia sanctions.

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Tories avoid predicted local-election carnage in Brexit bellwether vote

4 May, 2018 - 10:29

Preview Theresa May’s Conservatives have avoided predicted sweeping losses in local government elections across London, and made gains in pro-Brexit regions, upsetting the Labour Party’s hopes of sweeping victories.
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Three rhinos killed by poachers in Kenya National Park - Ministry

4 May, 2018 - 10:17

Three rhinos were found dead with their horns missing in Kenya’s Rhino Sanctuary in Meru National Park on Wednesday in what the country’s Ministry of Tourism is calling an act of poaching.

The incident happened at around 6.30pm, where security at the sanctuary heard gunshots and rushed towards the direction of the sounds but failed to see the suspected poachers.

“A thorough search, both aerial and ground was conducted on first light where carcasses of two adult rhinos and a calf were found with the horns missing,” the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement.

“No sign of the gang was reported, but our teams, both covert and overt, are in hot pursuit with good leads.”

Poaching is a big problem in the East African nation but government efforts have reduced rhino poaching by 85 percent and elephant poaching by 78 percent from its peak in 2013 and 2012, the ministry said. In 2017 Kenya lost sixty nine elephants and nine rhinos.

Separately on Thursday, six rhinos were to be flown from South Africa to the central African nation of Chad to reintroduce them to a country where they had been locally extinct for decades.

REUTERS

‘You’re only supposed to buy NATO-compatible weapons’ – State Dept to Turkey over Russian S-400 deal

4 May, 2018 - 09:56

Preview Being a NATO member apparently means you can only buy arms and military hardware that the US-led bloc approves. At least, that’s what the State Department said in its latest warning to Ankara over an S-400 air-defense system deal.
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Madagascar opposition calls for government to resign after court ruling

4 May, 2018 - 09:54

Madagascar’s opposition called on Friday for the government to resign, a day after after the High Court ruled election laws as unconstitutional.

Supporters of opposition politician Marc Ravalomanana, who served as president from 2002 until he was toppled in a 2009 coup, say the new laws were intended to stop him from running in an election due later this year on a date yet to be announced.

In a decision published on its website on Thursday night, the High Court said the laws “must be extinguished for non-compliance with the constitutional principle of equality between candidates in the various elections”.

“The decision of the High Constitutional Court is a first victory,” Hanitra Razafimanantsoa, ​​Vice-President of the National Assembly and a member of Ravalomanana’s party, told reporters in the capital Antananarivo.

“The logical consequence of this decision is the resignation of the government,” he added.

The dispute over the election laws has spurred violent protests.

At an opposition march last month against the laws, police fired teargas at demonstrators and two people later died from their injuries.

The opposition says the laws could be used to block Ravalomanana from standing due to criminal convictions arising from trials that took place while he was in exile after the coup. It is also challenging provisions on campaign financing and access to media.

Ravalomanana has teamed up with the man who succeeded him, Andy Rajoelina, to oppose the laws, which have been backed by President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

REUTERS

CAF Champions League is back!

4 May, 2018 - 09:41

A big weekend as the CAF Champions League returns. First games of the group stages start today, with a face-off between the most prominent clubs on the continent – Al Ahly of Egypt and Tunisia’s Esperance.

The two have already played against each other on 16 match-ups and 14 times in this very competition.

This and many more stories including first challenge for Kenya’s new football coach and a look at the road to Kiev for Liverpool and Real Madrid.

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Pakistan denies it plans to release doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden

4 May, 2018 - 08:48

Authorities in Pakistan have dismissed rumors that a medical doctor who helped the United States Central Intelligence Agency find and kill al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in 2011 is to be released from prison.

Ukrainian nationalists plan Victory Day counter-march to honor SS veterans

4 May, 2018 - 06:55

Preview Ukrainian nationalists plan to walk on Victory Day with photos of their relatives, who fought for the Nazis as part the SS 1st Galician Division during World War II, to counter the Immortal Regiment Marches held in the country.
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The Latest Act in Israel’s Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign

4 May, 2018 - 06:00

Benjamin Netanyahu’s stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too, says Gareth Porter in this Consortium News exclusive report.

Social Media Behemoths Sweep Alternative News into the Memory Hole

4 May, 2018 - 06:00

The squabbling between self-identified progressives and conservatives continues as social media transforms itself into a news, information, and opinion gatekeeper.  All information that contradicts the establishment narrative will either be downgraded into obscurity of excluded outright on social media. 

Green Berets Are Now On The Ground Assisting The Saudi War On Yemen In "A Marked Escalation"

4 May, 2018 - 06:00

Once again a creeping, years' long shadow war is expanding from indirect proxy intervention to direct engagement, complete with US "boots on the ground" where no American ground forces were previously thought to exist. And it's not Syria, or Libya, or central Africa where the now familiar pattern played out before, but in the Arabian peninsula where the Pentagon has long claimed to merely coordinate intelligence, refuel jets, and provide logistical support to the Saudis which have been bombing Yemen since March of 2015.

A Criminal Gang Used a Drone Swarm To Obstruct an FBI Hostage Raid

4 May, 2018 - 06:00

Last winter, on the outskirts of a large U.S.city, an FBI Hostage Rescue Team set up an elevated observation post to assess an unfolding situation. Soon they heard the buzz of small drones — and then the tiny aircraft were all around them, swooping past in a series of “high-speed low passes at the agents in the observation post to flush them,” the head of the agency’s operational technology law unit told attendees of the AUVSIXponential conference here. Result: “We were then blind,” said Joe Mazel, meaning the group lost situational awareness of the target. “It definitely presented some challenges.”

The ‘Race to 5G’ Is Just Mindless Marketing Bullshit

4 May, 2018 - 06:00

For several years now, wireless carriers have been busy telling anybody who’d listen that fifth-generation (5G) wireless will be a game-changing broadband revolution. Time and time again, their marketing departments have breathlessly insisted that everything from smart cities to next-gen medical care will only be possible through the miracle of 5G connections.

US freezes funding to Syria’s White Helmets rescue unit

4 May, 2018 - 06:00

The US has frozen funding to the Syrian White Helmets civil defence unit, less than two months after praising the group’s efforts during a meeting with them in Washington, CBS News has reported. The US State Department announced yesterday the funds to the group, which make up a third of their total budget, were under “active review”.

Explosion, fire at Duson, Louisiana chemical plant

4 May, 2018 - 06:00

A fire broke out at a chemical plant in Duson, Louisiana, sending massive smoke plumes in the air and prompting an evacuation for a mile all around. Louisiana State Police have said that no injuries have been reported from the fire at FlowChem Technologies, which provides products and services to the oil and gas industry.  Crews are currently working to remove all xylene and other dangerous chemicals around the site. The Department of Environmental Quality is monitoring the air quality near the plant before allowing people to return home. There is no word on when the evacuation order will be lifted.

Hospital charged a woman $5,751 for an ice-pack and a bandage

4 May, 2018 - 06:00

In 2016 Jessica Pell fainted and cut her ear when she fell. She went to Hoboken University Medical Center, where was given an ice pack and a bandage. That was the extent of her treatment. She did not get a diagnosis. Her bill was $5,751.

‘Change your password!’ Twitter urges 330 million users after ‘internal glitch’

4 May, 2018 - 06:00

An internal “bug” left millions of Twitter passwords potentially exposed for months in a plain text file, the company revealed, as it urged hundreds of millions of users to change their passwords as a precaution. Twitter is supposed to “hash” passwords, using a process called “bcrypt,” before they are stored internally, so the actual passwords are masked for security. A bug caused the passwords to be written down in an internal log before the hashing process was complete, Twitter’s chief technology officer Parag Agrawal wrote in a blog post on Thursday.